So much more is now being asked of broadcast and digital journalists, but with that has come greater freedom to source and create stories. Fewer editors, videographers, lighting and sound technicians mean journalists are more in control of the way they weave and distribute their news. Coupled with that is the removal of traditional PR “gatekeepers” and the rise of media-savvy figures who understand the importance of being accessible via social media and directly engaging with journalists. Continue reading How the COVID pandemic changed digital journalism
Here’s what studies and The Conversation readers say… Social connections help retain a sense of purpose in older age. Image from shutterstock.com Joseph Ibrahim, Monash University A challenge facing the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety … Continue reading What is ‘quality’ in aged care?
Republished from The Conversation Most aged-care residents don’t feel like they are loved or belong in their facility. Image from shutterstock.com Lee-Fay Low, University of Sydney All humans have fundamental needs. These are physiological (food, drink, clothing, sleep), safety (emotional … Continue reading REPUBLISHED: How our residential aged-care system doesn’t care about older people’s emotional needs
Republished with thanks from The Conversation Will you still be able to do the crossword when you’re 80? Yep, better than ever, probably. from http://www.shutterstock.com.au Hannah Keage, University of South Australia and Blossom Christa Maree Stephan, Newcastle University This article is … Continue reading Republished; Five common myths about the ageing brain and body
The power of ‘our song’, the musical glue that binds friends and lovers across the ages Music can be a stronger trigger for shared memories than photos as we age, even in people with dementia. from http://www.shutterstock.com Amee Baird, Macquarie … Continue reading Our song; reconnecting with shared personal memories
Topical, especially given Ron Corso, my Unearthing Ideas colleague, frequently questioning this of himself. We doubt he will however, as Simon says in his article republished below, “Academic work becomes rapidly vocational. You quickly realise that you live to work, … Continue reading Can, or rather do, academics ever retire?
In an era of post-truth and pseudoscience, what can you do?
Our “LifeFlip” initiative – which is using the “Afternoon Conversations with Ron” to tease out some of the complexities we face as we age in particular, is one way we are working to improve our world. In particular,‘Life Flip’ is the exploration of what our life will look like as contributing and valuable citizens in our later years ie past the 60+ of typical retirement. Continue reading Republished; Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster
How to be a healthy user of social media Peggy Kern, University of Melbourne We can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying … Continue reading Republished; How to be a healthy user of social media
Great article wrap up 2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture Suzy Freeman-Greene, The Conversation 2016 was not a good year to be a famous male musician. In January, David Bowie died at just 69. He was mourned by … Continue reading Republished; 2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture
Replublished Christopher Kremmer, UNSW Australia There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s … Continue reading Republished; Global journalism needs global ethics
They share, “Based on this Twitter project with middle schoolers and Becker’s subsequent doctoral research with high school students, we found students learned through Twitter in multiple ways.” Continue reading What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners
If Facebook is a microcosm of wider electoral feeling, Turnbull has work to do. But the main message from Facebook is that, between them, the nation’s two main political leaders are “liked” online by less than 2.5% of eligible voters. Continue reading Republished; If this is the Facebook election, the major parties should be a little concerned
Republished from The Conversation Bex Lewis, Manchester Metropolitan University Over the Easter weekend, the Church of England encouraged its congregation to share photos of their services and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EasterJoy. It’s not strange for a … Continue reading How social media is changing the church
Republished from The Conversation Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology As Australia commences one of the longest federal election campaigns in living memory, much attention will be paid again to how parties and politicians are utilising the latest tools available … Continue reading #ausvotes Revisited: Social Media in the 2013 Australian Federal Election
Republished from The Conversation Andrea Carson, University of Melbourne Another big week in federal politics is underway, with the budget announced on Tuesday. Then, possibly this weekend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will formally call a double-dissolution election for July 2. … Continue reading Please ‘like’ me: why Facebook might be the key to success in the 2016 election
RePublished from by Meredith Jones, Brunel University London Kimposium!, an academic symposium I organised about all things Kardashian, sold out. And why would it not, given the levels of interest that this family generates? But there is some dismay at the … Continue reading Why we all need to keep up with the Kardashians
RePublished from by Vincent O’Donnell, RMIT University The “most significant media reform in Australia in a generation”, as unveiled by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield earlier this month, is no reform. It is a capitulation to the interests of licensees, shareholders and … Continue reading Who benefits from media reform? If history is any guide, it’s not the public
Jenny Waycott, University of Melbourne John*, a widower, is a retired engineer aged in his 90s. He lives alone in the family home and has struggled with loneliness and depression since his wife passed away. He feels frustrated that as … Continue reading Republished; Connecting online can help prevent social isolation in older people
Cate Madill, University of Sydney Much has been written about vocal fry in recent years, with the focus on what it is, where it comes from and what it means. For those who don’t know, the term refers to the lowest vocal register, where the vocal cords are tightly closed for a very long time in the vibration pattern, resulting in a low pitched, creaky voice. Some of the most recent commentary has focused on how women who use vocal fry are perceived, with detractors and champions, researchers and social commentators weighing in on what is a growing phenomenon. So … Continue reading Keep an eye on vocal fry – it’s all about power, status and gender
Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that Google is legally responsible when its search results link to defamatory content on the web. In this long-running case, Dr Janice Duffy has been trying for more than six years to clear her name and remove links to defamatory material when people search for her using Google. The main culprit is the US based website Ripoff Reports, where people have posted negative reviews of Dr Duffy. Under United States law, defamation is very hard to prove, and US websites are not liable for comments made … Continue reading Australian court holds Google responsible for linking to defamatory websites
We’re all in this mess together: trying to be good citizens, control the future, and wrestle with the uncertainty of science. It’s a difficult challenge, but it’s not impossible. Continue reading The ethics of over-diagnosis: risk and responsibility in medicine
Attracted by work life-balance, they have more developed networks, better business experience, superior technical and managerial skills, and a stronger financial position than younger entrepreneurs. Continue reading Australia’s next wave of startups could be from the over-55s
Despite all of the possibilities of these devices helping the elderly to stay independent and active, there are some significant obstacles that need to be overcome before their full potential becomes a reality. The first is acceptance by the elderly themselves. Continue reading Will the elderly rely on the Internet of Things to look after them?
Imagine seeing a young student attempt to twist in a screw using a hammer. Continue reading It’s not PowerPoint’s fault, you’re just using it wrong
As well as using our phones more, we are also accessing multiple forms of content on these devices. We make and watch videos, we take and share photos. We chatter. We play games. We watch movies and TV. We listen. And we read. We read texts and messages, we read social media feeds, we read journalism, we read gossip, we read commentary. A lot of the time we spend staring at our phones we are reading. Continue reading The way we tell stories is evolving along with our smartphones
Around age 40 to 50, our body begins to deteriorate. Permanent strains and greying hair are just the beginning, soon followed by glasses and hearing aids. Women become infertile, and other losses in function leaves us needing pacemakers and hip replacements. Continue reading Why it’s time to unshackle yourself from old ideas about ‘the stages of life’
Republished Janet Viljoen, Rhodes University Older women are more likely to take up exercising and stick to it if they are part of a small group guided by a personal trainer. Although older women are not eager to exercise, it … Continue reading For older women, exercise buddies make all the difference
Republished Fiona McNab, University of Birmingham As we get older we can hold less information in our minds. Whereas 16 to 17 year-olds can hold an average of 6.5 numbers in mind for a short time in their “working memory”, … Continue reading Smartphone study reveals a change in how we remember as we get older
Republished David Tuffley, Griffith University and Amy Antonio, University of Southern Queensland With more health information going online every day, it has never been easier to proactively manage our health. The problem is, the people who would benefit the most … Continue reading Dr Google can improve older people’s health – if we bridge the technology gap
Vincent van Gogh’s paintings famously failed to win over the critics of his time: a judgment subsequently reversed. Continue reading The creative process is more than one giant leap for humankind
[Republished] Rachel Thorpe, La Trobe University; Bianca Fileborn, La Trobe University; Gail Hawkes, La Trobe University; Marian Pitts, La Trobe University, and Victor Minichiello, University of New England It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. … Continue reading Ageing gracefully: how women steer the line between inauthentic and old
Like all forms of human expression, graffiti – including its electronic form – has a wide range of quality. Abbott’s narrow view of graffiti seems to confuse the banality of “X woz here” with graffiti as a tool of subversion and a medium for the expression of political criticism and social outrage. Continue reading No, Tony Abbott, you can’t dismiss social media as ‘electronic graffiti’
Crisis managers, media and other people interested in summarising Twitter in real time can use NICTA Event Watch to monitor the message topics. Continue reading When bushfires sound alarms, social media can save lives
Twitter was especially valued as a medium for scholarly communication, as it was viewed as fast and responsive. Continue reading Status anxiety: should academics be using social media?
All this might make the popularity of the #illridewithyou hashtag surprising. But what really underpins this social media phenomenon is the fact that ordinary people are not only aware but are prepared to do something about the Islamophobia that ordinary Muslims face in the current climate. Continue reading Australia tweeted #illridewithyou – and showed great solidarity in a moment of crisis
While traditional news outlets were briefed about what they should and should not report, it is much harder to keep tabs on social media. Continue reading Sydney siege shows social media is a risky business